posted March 3, 2010

2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Regional Game Notes

Flying Dutch Game Notes
NCAA Regional at Hope College
Friday & Saturday, March 5-6, 2010

The Flying Dutch (27-1) are playing in the NCAA Division III tournament for the fifth year in-a-row and for the 12th time in school history.  The Flying Dutch were national champions in 1990 and 2006 and advanced to the Elite Eight each of the last two years (2008 and 2009).  Hope has an all-time record of 20-9 (.690) in NCAA games.

Hope's only defeat of the season was on December 28th to Carthage 51-47 in a tournament at Oglethorpe, Ga.  Carthage (22-4) is also in the NCAA tournament field.  Hope has an 18-game winning streak. 

Hope is ranked fourth and DePauw 11th is this week's USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches' Poll.

How the Teams Got to the NCAA Tournament 

  • Hope College (27-1), located in Holland, Mich., won the regular season and tournament title of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to gain an automatic berth. Hope defeated rival Calvin in the conference tournament championship game. Calvin (22-4) is also in the NCAA tournament.
  • Denison University (21-7), located in Granville, Ohio, is returning to the NCAA tournament for the sixth time in program history. The Big Red won the North Coast Athletic Conference's automatic bid by defeating Wittenberg University in the championship game of the NCAC Tournament In their five previous NCAA appearances, Denison has posted a 2-5 mark. The Big Red and the Flying Dutch have met three previous times, with two of those meetings coming in the NCAA Tournament.  In 2006, Hope won in the opening round of the tournament (72-51) on their way to a Division III national championship.  The very next year Denison knocked off the defending national champs 82-66 in the first round, ending their chances at a repeat. The teams first met in 1982 with Hope posting a season-opening 51-48 victory at Denison.
  • DePauw University (25-3), located in Greencastle, Ind., routed Centre, Ky. 63-37 in the conference tournament championship game of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference to gain an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers are making their seventh straight appearance in the national tournament and 11th in the last 15 years. The Tigers won the 2007 national title, finished third in 2002 and advanced to the national quarterfinals in 2006 and 2008. This season DePauw has won 21 straight since dropping a 74-66 decision at Birmingham-Southern on December 6. DePauw is 18-9 alltime in the NCAA tournament.
  • Lakeland College, located in Sheboygan, Wisc. advanced to their sixth NCAA tournament appearance with a 71-60 win against Benedictine in the Northern Athletics Conference tournament championship game. The Muskies ended the season with 22 wins, the most for Lakeland since 2003-04. This is Lakeland's first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2006. 

The Flying Dutch over the past four seasons have a 109-8 cumulative record.  The only seniors on this year's Hope team are starters Philana Greene (5-9 forward from Grandville, Mich.) and Jenny Cowen (5-9 guard from Dexter, Mich.). Greene, who was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA),  has set a Hope single season record for steals (95) and is the Hope career leader for steals (311). Cowen ranks third alltime at Hope in three-point baskets with 138 behind Jordyn Boles 218, 2004-08; Bria Ebels, 188, 2002-06; and Nicki Mannes, 155, 1991-95.

Philana Greene and junior Carrie Snikkers (6-3 post from Jenison, Mich./Unity Christian HS), were named to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) all-conference first team. Snikkers was honored for the second straight season and Greene for the second time in her career (2008 and 2010). Snikkers missed eight games this season with a stress fracture in the foot. She leads the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg).

Hope has won 20-or-more games for 12 straight years. In 14 seasons under coach Brian Morehouse the Flying Dutch are 343-59 (.853).

Hope posted an 18-0 record at DeVos Fieldhouse this season. The Flying Dutch bring a 59-game home floor winning streak into the NCAA tournament. Their record at DeVos Fieldhouse since the opening is 2005-06 is 78-1.

Stat Shorttakes: Junior Rachael Kutney (St. Claire Shores, Mich./Lakeshore HS) is shooting .556 (65/117). It would rank fourth alltime for a season. The record is .597 (80/134) by Lindsay Lange, 2006-07... Fourteen different players made a three-point basket this season... Freshman Liz Ellis (East Grand Rapids, Mich.) is shooting .456 (31/68) from three-point range. It would rank second alltime for a season. The record is .510 (25/49) by Sarah Jurik, 2005-06... Carrie Snikkers has blocked 55 shots this season. The single season record is 59 by Snikkers in 2008-09. It took 30 games for Snikkers to set her record; this year's total has come in 20 games.

Hope Stat Rankings in Division III (424 teams): #2 in steals per game at 16.6 (Farmingdale State leads at 20.6)... #4 in scoring margin at 23.5 (Amherst leads at 28.5)... #4 in 3-Point FG Defense at 24.3% (Kean leads at 22.2%... #5 in blocked shots per game at 6.3 (Kean leads at 7.5)... #9 in turnover margin at 7.71 (Farmingdale State leads at 14.73)... #12 in field goal percentage defense at 32.6% (Mount St. Mary, N.Y. leads at 26.3%... #13 in scoring offense at 75.1 ppg (Centenary, N.J. leads at 83.0)... #15 in scoring defense at 61.7 ppg (Mt. St. Mary, N.Y. leads at 43.4).

Both Hope College basketball teams are playing in the NCAA Division III championships for the fifth consecutive year and for the seventh time since 2002. The Flying Dutchmen are playing at Stevens Point, Wisc.